Category: The New Statesman

  • Rick’s A B’Stard
    Rick’s A B’Stard

    This moment from The New Statesman Comic Relief Special still brings me absolute joy. I’d not seen this one before, which is from a 2006ish episode of that godawful, thankfully no longer on show This Week.

  • A B’Stard Of An Interview
    A B’Stard Of An Interview

    This aired on the BBC, and was excellent. I never got a chance to see the live stage show, which is a shame. Here’s a badly shot clip with terrible audio. And you can seek out Alan’s Telegraph column if you like, as written by Marks & Gran.

  • House Of Comedy
    House Of Comedy

    Aside from this sketch being terrible, also marvel at the complete lack of attention to any detail whatsoever. Compare it to the gorgeous set here, and the proper protocols, and people sitting on the correct benches. Even puppets can get it right.

  • Portable TV Comedy
    Portable TV Comedy

    Whilst walking through the bitter cold wind, a hundred metres from anyone else, I had a pang of nostalgia for when I used to stay up late in my bedroom and watch all sorts of brilliant comedy shows on my black and white portable TV. So, imagine some of these in monochrome, and slightly out […]

  • Filthy Ward & Bottom Swap
    Filthy Ward & Bottom Swap

    I have no idea why I’m writing this. I just got it into my head the other day that the hospital set in Bottom‘s Apocalypse is the same, or at least rather similar to the hospital set in Filthy, Rich & Catflap‘s first episode. Catflap sits in an odd place in my comedy timeline. You […]

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s […]

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first […]

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